Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems is officially released today. Mo Willems is a superstar in children's picture books and easy readers these days. If you know Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! or Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale or Elephant and Piggie (my favorite: We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book))), then you know Mo. And kids and grown-ups love him. As for his rendition of Goldilocks, well, it's hard to say new but it is certainly fresh and unexpected. And that he is being simultaneously published in the UK and US shows his popularity--no months of waiting in between releases. Even the covers are the same!
Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.
One day—for no particular reason—they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then—for no particular reason—they decided to go . . . someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl.
This new take on a fairy-tale classic is so funny and so original—it could only come from the brilliant mind of Mo Willems.
Don't you love that copyright page? It's a full wish list/brainstorm of future Goldilocks fractures.
It's not surprise Willems started out on Sesame Street...
And there is an Activity Kit and Event Kit, the latter for stores, on the publisher's site, too.